Prayer for discernment

In last Sunday’s sermon on 1 Corinthians 3:10-17, I challenged the congregation to consider that the work they do for God’s kingdom now will last for eternity. Here’s a nice prayer to guide us in thinking along those lines. It comes from our United Methodist Book of Worship. It’s attributed to Hugh Cameron, Scotland, 20th century.

Almighty God, in a world of change you placed eternity in our hearts and gave us power to discern good from evil. Grant us sincerity, that we may persistently seek the things that endure, refusing those which perish, and that, amid things vanishing and deceptive, we may see the truth steadily, follow the light faithfully, and grow ever richer in that love which is the life of all people; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

The United Methodist Book of Worship (Nashville: United Methodist Publishing House, 1992), 510.

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